Telling your own Linsanity story

March 21, 2012

jeremy_linAdapted from Church Community Matters By Jenn Byham

Everyone loves a good story. A story with emotion and drama. A story that touches a deep longing in our hearts, or one that makes us see things in a different light. A story has the power to take away prejudice and judgement. A story, crafted well, has the power to transform opinion.

Just a few short months ago the National Basketball Association (NBA) was looked on with disgust. People hated the greed they saw in the players and owners. People were disappointed with the lack of “love of the game”. Then you take a kid like Jeremy Lin, and all of a sudden you have fans; you have “Linsanity”.

Jeremy Lin was never drafted, was cut by two NBA teams before joining the Knicks this year, and had mostly sat on the bench before recently leading the Knicks to multiple victories. All of a sudden you have fans, joy, and excitement. Haters of the NBA have become involved. It happened with Tim Tebow and his Denver Broncos. It’s happening again with Jeremy Lin and the New York Knicks.

Jeremy Lin was largely unknown three weeks ago. He wasn’t anything special… or was he? He isn’t that tall for a basketball player… Only 6’3″. He didn’t graduate from a powerhouse college. He got lucky because there were several other players who were injured on the Knicks team, right? He may just be on a lucky streak, but he has led the downright hopeless Knicks to actually being a contender. And guess who he is giving the glory: God.

The best part of Lin’s story is he has been sleeping on his teammate’s couch. WHAT? Surely everyone in the NBA makes enough money to own their own home and live the high life, right? An NBA player sleeping on a couch? That couch is going to be worth millions soon. We don’t know where Lin’s story will end, but he has inspired people. He has united fans and sucked in the opposition to cheer for a guy who wasn’t wanted. He has sold out stadiums (something that was not happening this year in the NBA). He has done all of this while still staying humble in his faith.

Stories are powerful. People want to know how those around them are beating the odds.

So how are you beating the odds? Tell us your story. Or perhaps you know someone else at New Life who’s beating the odds. Nominate them for their story. Tell us about your small group who supported a neighbor after they lost their job and can’t make ends meet. People need to hear about ordinary people using their gifts and talents to impact communities. So what story inspires you?

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